Note from Dr. Cannon


May 28, 2019

Dear Breton Downs Families,

On Thursday, May 30 in the afternoon we will be having Field Day at Breton Downs.  Our students are eager and excited about this fun-filled day. Mrs. Wagenmaker and our 5th grade students have been working together to plan many games and activities. Please see the information below for Field Day.

  • Shoes:  All students must wear tennis shoes to protect their feet during the variety of activities. No sandals or flip-flops please.

  • Clothing: Please ensure your child is dressed for approximately 3 hours outside, especially if the weather is hot. Students will participate in several games involving water, but none of these are designed for students to get soaked.

  • Sunscreen: If you would like your child to wear sunscreen, please apply it at home prior to coming to school.

  • Students should come to school with a filled water bottle.  They can also wear hats at Field Day.

Here are some of the events happening in the months of May and June:

  • Wednesday, May 29 - Annual LBW race

  • Thursday, May 30 - End of the Year Assembly at 12:30 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31 - Science Fair from 12:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 6 - Last Day of School ½ day; Flag Lowering Ceremony at 11:10 a.m.


Warmest regards,



School Supplies 2019-2020


As we start planning for the 2019-2020 school year, I want to share information with you regarding school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. First, purchasing school supplies is voluntary and not required for your child to attend school.  Below is a link to the suggested list of supplies from teachers that students will use throughout the school year.  ...READ MORE

Menu Changes

Wednesday, May 29 - Cinnamon Toast (not Pastry)
Thursday, May 30 - Beef Nachos
Friday, May 31 - Chicken Patty on a Bun  

Beginning Tuesday, May 28 Munchers (sack lunches) will not be available as a second choice.

Kenward's Korner

I often have parents ask me for assistance for a child who lies.  For some of them, the lying has just started or for others it's something they have been dealing with for a long time.  Either way, it can be equally challenging and frustrating.  Check out this information from for some of the latest insight and strategies for dealing with this tricky behavior.

Until next time,
Mr .Kenward

Can you solve this puzzle??

If you can, you might be able to help the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation reach an important milestone. In the last two years, thanks to more than 600 families, Now&Forever has raised more than $5.7 million to benefit our students and our schools. We have less than $700,000 to go to meet our goal of $6.4 million in cash pledges! We’re trying to wrap up the campaign this week (that might help you solve the puzzle). If you’ve already made your pledge, you have our heartfelt appreciation. But if you haven’t yet given, please make your pledge now at! Thank you, as always, for your support.


PTO Funding Round-Up - Thank you!

Have you ever wondered where your PTO donations go throughout the year?  Read below for a summary of fund allocations. With a $36,475 budget this year, we were able to provide so much for our Breton Bulldogs!  Thank you for your support and generosity! The PTO spends an average of $85 per student to provide extracurricular clubs, educational programming, educational software, field trip busing, classroom supplies and so much more.  Read below for all the things we were able to fund for students and staff this year: ...READ MORE

One Week Left - Studio Barre School of the Month

May 1-31


Unlimited free classes for school staff, teachers, and school parents.  10% of your purchases at the studio all month long will be donated to Breton Downs Elementary! ...READ MORE

*register at front desk as parent/staff so we can track!

Volunteers Needed

The PTO board is currently looking for volunteers to lead the following committees next year:

Gardening Committee:  Round up a group of volunteers to help clean up the flower beds!  The gardening committee can meet anytime in early August to make the front of the building look fantastic!  Spring clean up is as needed. This year is our year to need to worry about ordering or delivery the PTO will do all that.  Just show up to help spread!

Staff Appreciation Treats:  Our staff does so much for our Bulldogs throughout the year that we want to continuously show our appreciation!  Help us put together a team who will bring treats to the staff lounge once a month and stock the fridge with their favorite drinks.  One committee chair needed to set up a sign up genius for monthly volunteers.

Variety Show:  Leaders needed to help put together and facilitate a avaning of talent.  This event typically takes place in mid-November. The team would coordinate acts, collect and review music and help students practice and move on and off stage.  Event takes place in the evening at the Breton gym.

If you are interested in any of these committees and would like to help lead these groups, please contact Magda VanWingen at  

Additional Information

School News Network

Our district is a proud partner of School News Network, visit their site for news items about EGR and other local schools!

Annual LBW Race

This year’s LBW Race will take place on Wednesday May 29, 2019. It will be held at the East Grand Rapids High School Track, with registration starting at 4:15 pm.  For more information click here.  Registration link can be found here.

Youth Football Camp

To register for youth football camps use the link found here or call EGR Parks & Rec at 949-1750.

Dates are June 10 - 11 as follows:
3rd - 5th grade:   12 - 2 p.m.
Y5's - 2nd grade:  9 - 11 a.m. 


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